Health Promotion courses

Learning to build healthier communities

One full academic year
(12 months) of resident study at Dalhousie University is the minimum requirement for the one-year MA Health Promotion degree. However, students should expect to take from 18 to 24 months of full-time work to complete the degree. Ordinarily, for full-time students, the degree must be completed within four years of first registration.

You may also choose to complete the degree through part-time study. However, financial assistance is not available for part-time students.

A total of five credits (30 credit hours) at the graduate level are required: 18 credit hours of courses plus 12 credit hours of thesis work. Electives may be chosen from the lists of courses below, from graduate courses offered by other departments at Dalhousie, or, to a limited extent, at other universities.

You may take a maximum of 6 credit hours of ancillary courses above and beyond the required program of study.

NOTE: Full-time students are expected to complete all course work in the first year of study. Students must register for the thesis component of the program in the spring/summer term of the first year and in each subsequent term until the thesis is successfully completed.

Required courses

(24 credit hours)

HPRO 5501.03: Advanced Research Methods in the Social and Natural Sciences OR comparable course approved by the thesis advisor
HPRO 5503.03: Intermediate Statistics for Health Sciences Prerequisite: Before entering HPRO 5503.03, students must have completed an introductory course in statistics with at least a B grade.
HPRO 5514.03: Current Frameworks in Health Promotion OR HPRO 5516.03: Theoretical & Scientific Bases of Health Promotion.
HPRO 5595.03: Program Planning and Evaluation in Health Promotion.
HPRO 9000.00: Thesis. (considered equivalent to 12 credit hours)


Elective courses

(6 credit hours)

HPRO 5514.03 and HPRO 5516.03 as listed above.
HPRO 5518.03: Womens Health and the Environment
HPRO 5600.06/5601.03/5602.03: Independent Studies. Open to independent completion of study. Interested students should consult the Graduate Coordinator prior to registering in the course.
HPRO 5620.03: Topics in Biopsychosocial Health. Cross-listed with PSYO 6809.03.
NURS 5100.03: Qualitative Research Methods.


Not all elective courses are offered every year. Please consult the academic timetable for a list of the courses currently offered. Elective courses may also be taken outside the School of Health and Human Performance.